The Madrigal Reimagined

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Total playing time [63:41]

Hannah Ely (soprano)
Toby Carr (lute & theorbo)
Monteverdi String Band
Oliver Webber (violin & director)

The sixteenth-century madrigal, a deceptively simple, whimsical poetic form of no fixed structure, had an elusive quality that was to prove inspirational to generations of musicians; madrigal settings came to form the core of many composers’ outputs and quickly evolved a musical identity independent of their poetic origins.

‘The Madrigal Reimagined’ opens a window on how musicians exploited the madrigal’s charm, poignancy and flexibility, with settings ranging from intimate solos to grand operatic scenes; virtuoso diminutions, old and new, share the stage with touching, subtle dissonance in music by Rore, Bovicelli, Caccini, Monteverdi and others.

The Monteverdi String Band is joined by soprano Hannah Ely and lutenist Toby Carr under the direction of violinist Oliver Webber.

Album Booklet (PDF)


Claudio Merulo (1533–1604)
1. Canzon decimottava

Johann Nauwach (1595–1630)
2. Cruda Amarilli

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
3. Cruda Amarilli

Cipriano de Rore (c.1515 – 1565)
4. Anchor che col partire
Lute intabulation by Emannuel
Adriaenssen (1540/1555–1604)
5. Anchor che col partire
Diminutions by
Giovanni Battista Bovicelli (1545–1618)
6. Vergine bella
Diminutions by
Orazio Bassani (before 1570–1615)
and Oliver Webber (b. 1969)

Claudio Monteverdi
7. Entrata & Ballo from
‘Il ballo dell’ingrate’
8. Ah, dolente partita
9. Ahi, troppo è duro
from ‘Il ballo dell’ingrate’

Cristofano Malvezzi (1547–1549)
10. Sinfonia a 6 from ‘Quarto Intermedio’
(La Regione dei Demoni)

Giulio Caccini (c.1650–1618)
11. Io che dal ciel from
‘Quarto Intermedio’

Emilio de’ Cavaliere (c.1550–1602)
12. O che nuovo miracolo from
‘Sesto Intermedio’

Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554/1557–1612)
13. Canzon prima a 5, Ch. 195

Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594)
Diminutions by Oliver Webber
14. Vestiva i colli

Lorenzo Tracetti (1555–1590)
15. Preludium in G

Cipriano de Rore
Diminutions by Oliver Webber
16. Hor che’l ciel et la terra
17. Ben qui si mostra il ciel

Claudio Monteverdi
18.–26. Excerpts from L’Orfeo


© 2024 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2024 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10341
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262793794
Release date: 21 June 2024